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Offline willster89

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Hi from NJ
« on: December 06, 2017, 06:17:17 AM »
Hello everyone, I'm Will and I'm a total newb in home brewing. I just love cider and thought it would be fun to try my hand at making some my very own. Any advice for a beginner will be super helpful and appreciated. I will search the forum hard too :D Thanks for having me!

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Re: Hi from NJ
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2017, 02:47:44 PM »
Welcome Will.

A few months back I started making hard cider in addition to brewing beer . My first batch used Walmart's house brand 100% apple juice with Vitamin C (ascorbic acid). If you use juice, make sure it doesn't have any other additives. The batch turned out so good that I have been using bottled apple juice ever since. I have added fruit flavoring purchased at my LHBS a couple of times with good results as well. I add the flavoring to taste after kegging. If you will be bottling it would be added to the cider after fermentation.

I use the juice straight out of the bottles and add 1/2 tsp Diammonium Phosphate and 1/2 tsp Fermaid K after pitching yeast. So far I have been using dry white wine or champagne yeasts . They produce a very dry cider which my wife and I prefer. If you like sweeter cider you can use an ale yeast instead. Many recommend Fermentis S-04.

I keg everything, so can't really give you much advice on priming and bottling. A Google search for cider making will yield a bunch of results.

Happy brewing,